“The worst moment for the atheist”

Prayer at mealtime

  "The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful, and has nobody to thank." Dante Gabriel Rossetti  In 2011, I offered some parallel thoughts here: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700200662/Gratitude-to-our-God-is-paramount.html?pg=all   … [Read more...]

Next time you’re thinking about voting . . .

H. P. Lovecraft fans, unite!

 Thanks to Jeffery Perry for bringing these to my notice.  Otherwise, I don't know where or to whom to give credit:     … [Read more...]

Missing: Elizabeth Elena Laguna-Salgado

Elizabeth Elena Laguna-Salgado

  Missing   $15,000 Reward for information that leads to the finding of Elizabeth Elena Laguna-Salgado    If you know where she is, please contact the Provo Police Department at either 9-1-1 or 801-852-6210.  https://www.facebook.com/elizabethlagunaprovout http://www.people.com/article/elizabeth-smart-searching-missing-utah-woman Elizabeth Elena Laguna Salgado is 26 years old, weighs roughly 125 pounds, and stands about … [Read more...]

“Is the Evangelical My Brother?: A Sea-Change in Mopologetics”

Indigo awareness ribbon

  Under the above title, on the largely apostate/atheist message board where he's pseudonymously defamed, caricatured, and misrepresented me for the better part of ten years now, a strange personality that I used to call my "Malevolent Stalker" has responded to my recent article in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture, which is titled "Seeing Ourselves Through the Eyes of a Friendly and Thoughtful Evangelical." He cites this passage, from near the end of … [Read more...]

“Banning squirt-gun fights should earn the Boy Scouts the Nanny State merit badge”

Girls in water fight

   I revisit a story on which I've already commented this morning: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/418687/banning-squirt-gun-fights-should-earn-boy-scouts-nanny-state-merit-badge-james-lileks The wussification of America continues apace.   … [Read more...]

New Testament 164

Bourges Cathedral window

  Matthew 17:22-23Mark 9:30-32Luke 9:43-45Compare John 7:1 Both Mark and Luke say that the disciples "didn't understand" what Jesus was saying, though what Jesus was saying seems unmistakably clear:  He was going to be betrayed and killed, and he would rise again on the third day. What was difficult to understand about that? It's hardly vague. They obviously understood part of it, at least, because Matthew says … [Read more...]

“Ibn al-Haytham and the Legacy of Arabic Optics”

Alhazen, as he's sometimes called

   My former Maxwell Institute and BYU colleague Dr. Glen M. Cooper, now teaching at Claremont McKenna College, in California, brought this item to my attention.  (He's cited in it.) http://www.light2015.org/Home/ScienceStories/1000-Years-of-Arabic-Optics.html#.VV3tTAezS0s.facebook I share it particularly because I occasionally receive emails, etc. -- often fairly unpleasant ones -- from people who deny that any good has ever come out of … [Read more...]

Boy Scouts ban water guns and limit water balloons because they’re not “kind”

Two young water-gun-bearing toughs

  Cassandra Hedelius brought this to my attention, noting that whoever came up with this idiotic policy appears to have had little or no contact with actual boys: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2015/05/19/boy-scouts-ban-water-guns-because-theyre-not-kind/ Good grief. Maybe we should simply strap all young males into soft chairs and make them watch Care Bears cartoons all day.   … [Read more...]